General Online Reference Databases
Use the databases below to find entries in general encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, and other reference sources covering many subjects. Search the subject list to find reference resources in a specific subject area.
Frequently Used Reference Databases
Credo Reference (formerly XRefer) - Contains over 150 reference books from 27 publishers includes dictionaries, quotations, thesauri, and encyclopedias. 1.25 million entries and 30 million cross-references. 20,000 searchable images. And 76,000 audio files of pronumciation. No additional software required. Full-text; cross-referenced.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - online full-text version of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Contains the most current updates.
Films On Demand - Multidisciplinary streaming educational video collection, with large array of topics, including many academic subject areas in arts, sciences, and humantities; pop culture; documentaries and news reels.
Gale Virtual Reference library - Gale Virtual Reference library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Offered through Gale.
General Reference Center Gold - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Offered through Gale.
Information Please Almanac - free online version of Time Almanac, which has ceased the print publication as of 2014.
Points of View Reference Center - A full text database designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study and are accompanied by thousands of supporting articles from the world's top political and societal publications. Offered through EBSCOhost.
Other Reference Databases
Academic OneFile - Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily. Offered through Gale.
American FactFinder (U.S. Census Bureau) - American FactFinder provides access to the U.S. Census Bureau's population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
ArchiveGrid - ArchiveGrid includes over four million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies. Provided by OCLC.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (2 concurrent users only.) - A great place to begin a search for information about people. It indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Offered through the Gale Group.
Biography Reference Bank (4 concurrent users only.) - Provides a heavily illustrated database with biographical subjects ranging from antiquity to the present and representing all fields and nationalities. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images. The database is updated four times per week. Many of the biographies are full text. It is a fine complement to Biography and Genealogy Master Index which is more comprehensive, but no full text. Offered through HW Wilson.
Bureau of Economic Analysis - Economic statistics of national, regional, industry, and international accounts, including U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), personal income, corporate profits, and international transaction statistics.
Bureau of Justice Statistics - Statistical information regarding crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Statistical information at national, regional, and industry levels for labor market activity, price changes, and working conditions, including work-related injuries and illnesses.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics - Statistical information at national, regional, and industry levels for U.S. transportation systems.
Cambridge Histories Online - Full text access to the Cambridge Histories volumes, covering topics such as Latin American, British, American, world and regional history; the history of philosophy, music, literary studies, religious studies, science, economics, language and linguistics, theater and performing arts, political and social theory, and warfare.
Center for Research Libraries - The Center for Research Libraries (CRL)provides access through traditional and electronic means to unique and unusual collections of library materials that are in all appropriate formats, international in scope, and comprehensive in disciplines. The CRL catalog lists materials that may be requested on Interlibrary Loan. CRL also has specialized digital collections in areas such as historical pamphlet collection from China and France; Brazilian government documents; and reference materials related to South Asia.
Computer Science Ebooks - see Springer eBooks in Computer Science.
Country Studies (Library of Congress) - Full text descriptions and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, and political systems and institutions of countries throughout the world.
Digital Dissertations and Theses - Digital Dissertations provides online access to citations and abstracts for every title in the Dissertation Abstracts database. Titles published since 1997 are available in PDF digital format and have 24 page previews available. Recent UNM dissertations that are available in full text in UMI may be viewed.
Digital Sanborn Maps - see "Sanborn Maps"
Education Statistics (World Bank) - Extensive range of international data pertaining to education. Includes basic education indicators, learning outcome data, educational attainment data, and more.
Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather - available through LIBROS (online catalog). To access, perform a title search on 'encyclopedia of climate and weather.'
Energy Statistics (Energy Information Administration) - Data, analyses, and forecasts related to energy sources, production, consumption, distribution, prices.
Europa World Plus - Europa World Plus is the online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Regional Surveys of the World series. First published in 1926, the year book covers political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Foundation Directory Online - Foundation Directory Online provides subscribers with access to comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included is a database of the entire universe of over 98,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of nearly 3,600 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; a database of over 1.6 million recently awarded grants; and a keyword-searchable database of over 584,000 recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.
Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia - Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry. Offered through EBSCOhost.
Gale Directory Library - Gale Directory Library offers you an online collection of premier directories, expanding your power to search for directory entries in a variety of ways, as well as giving you quick and easy digital ways to view, store and export the data you find. You can search a single eDirectory or across an entire collection of eDirectories including: Encyclopedia of Associations - U.S.; Encyclopedia of Associations - International; Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media; Market Share Reporter.
Gender Statistics - Provides data on key gender topics. Themes included are demographics, education, health, labor force, and political participation. Available from the World Bank's Open Data Initiative.
Health and Wellness Resource Center (with Alternative Health Module) - Provides access to trusted and reliable reference materials, 400 health and medical journals, many pamphlets, over 700 videos, and medical and health-related articles in many general interest publications and reference sources. Gale product.
Health Nutrition and Population Statistics - Health Nutrition and Population (HNP) Statistics provides key health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from a variety of international sources. Available from The World Bank's Open Data Initiative.
Health Reference Center Academic - Multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac's award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only. Offered through Gale.
Historical Statistics of the United States - a source for the quantitative facts of American history. This reference work includes topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America and are each placed in historical context. Provided by Cambridge University Press.
National Agricultural Statistics Service - The National Agricultural Statistics Service provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
NTIS - National Technical Information Service - "The largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. Here you will find information on more than 600,000 information products covering over 350 subject areas from over 200 federal agencies." See the NTIS Search Guide.
Primary Search - Provides full text for 50 children's magazines and over 100 children's pamphlets, designed for the elementary school student. Offered through EBSCOhost.
Reference Tools - A collection of links to reference materials on the WWW.
RMOA - Rocky Mountain Online Archive - The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is your source of information about archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Specialized guides, called finding aids, give detailed descriptions of primary source materials located at twenty different repositories. Search the finding aids to discover what historical materials are available for study and where those collections are located.
Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 - Digital access to the towns and cities in New Mexico mapped by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company. Dates and coverage varies for each place, ranging from the late 1800's to about 1960. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of New Mexico cities, towns and neighborhoods. Full-text in the way of maps available.
Science Reference Center - Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database providing access to a large variety of full-text science content. The database contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Offered through EBSCOhost.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.
Statistical Abstract of the United States - published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.
Statistical Insight, ProQuest - (formerly Statistical Universe) - provides statistical information produced by federal agencies, states, business organizations, research institutions, and international organizations. It includes data on a wide range of topics, including banking, finance, and insurance; criminal justice and law; government and defense; labor and employment; natural resources and the environment; population and income; science and technology, and much more.
WorldAlmanac - Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs (full text entries). Click on "List All Databases," then select from the resulting list. Offered through OCLC FirstSearch.